Category archives: Museums

Gilmore holds movie night featuring Bullitt

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Bullitt recreation Mustang spotted at Ponies at the Pike 2016 | Nicole James photo

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, will show the iconic 1968 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Vaughn, Saturday at 7:30 p.m on the big screen in the Automotive Heritage Center in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Continue reading

Iconic California customs set for HVA displays in Washington

The McGee Roadster is the embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos
The McGee Roadster is the pure embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos

Three iconic pieces of California custom-car culture take center stage next month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as the Historic Vehicle Association displays the latest vehicles to be commemorated and recorded in the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.

The privately owned cars will be shown at separate times during the month in the HVA glass case on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art for passersby to see and admire. Continue reading

Museums: ‘Long Night’ with Mercedes-Benz

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Long Night at Mercedes-Benz museum | Mercedes-Benz Museum photos

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, holds a “Long Night” event March 25-26from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. The event begins with children’s activities that run until 7 p.m. and include interactive exhibitions where children can design and build cars along with tour the museum.

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Mullin museum explores the man, marque, mystique of Citroen

A 1991 Citroen 2CV6 is among the nearly four dozen cars from the French automaker on display at the Mullin museum | Larry Edsall photos
A 1991 Citroen 2CV6 is among the nearly four dozen cars from the French automaker on display at the Mullin museum | Larry Edsall photos

Peter Mullin admitted that for 35 years, he collected the finest of French cars, starting with Delahayes and then Talbot Lagos, Delages, Hispano-Suizas, Voisins and, at last, the “king of French marques,” Bugattis.

“I walked by Citroens for 35 years without stopping to learn about the history of one of the great marques of France,” Mullin said at the press preview of the newest exhibition at the Mullin Automotive Museum — “Citroen: The Man, the Marque, The Mystique.” Continue reading

Motorcycle rumble: It’s Harley vs. Indian at the Petersen

Vintage racing motorcycles are only part of the Harley vs. Indian exhibit at the Petersen |Larry Edsall photos
Vintage racing motorcycles are only part of the Harley vs. Indian exhibit at the Petersen |Larry Edsall photos

It was “a nearly religious war waged in dealerships and race tracks,” noted Cycle World magazine editor Mark Hoyer. And now, “Harley vs. Indian” is being waged again, and not only at their respective dealerships and on race tracks across the country but in a new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Museum launches campaign to see Red Baron take flight

Red Baron at the museum | Photos and Video by Owls Head Transportation Museum

To commemorate the centennial of World War I, the Owls Head Transportation Museum has begun crowdfunding efforts to restore its version of the “Red Barron,” a 1917 Fokker Dr.I reproduction inspired by the airplane flown by Manfred von Richthofen.

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New exhibits open this weekend, new museum to come

Cars from the Bob Bartosiewicz collection | RAM photos

A new museum is set to open in Rochester, New York, as part of a business expansion that will redevelop the surrounding area. The museum, dubbed the Rochester Auto Museum, will feature cars from the Bob Bartosiewicz collection. Continue reading

Grand opening: Motorsports Hall Of Fame Museum

Motorsports Hall of Fame honors all forms of motorized competition | Jim McCraw photos
Motorsports Hall of Fame honors all forms of motorized competition | Jim McCraw photos

This has been a long time coming. The Motorsports Hall Of Fame started life way back in 1989 in an old building in Novi, Michigan, a few miles west of Detroit, with a handful of old race cars on display.

Its mission was and is to recognize greatness in American racing, in every kind of racing, from Indy to NASCAR to drag racing, aviation, boats, sports cars, and motorcycles, with induction ceremonies of a new class every spring. Continue reading

News updates: Catching up on Barris’s 67-X, convertible tops, concours, back issues of AQ, and more

Barris-designed 67-X on display in the Royal BC Museum | Royal BC Museum photos
Barris-designed 67-X on display in the Royal BC Museum | Royal BC Museum photos

As part of the Canadian centennial celebration, Expo 67 in Montreal, oil and gas producer and retailer Esso commissioned George Barris to create a futuristic vehicle. Barris used an Oldsmobile Toronado as his canvas for the 67-X.

Four such cars were produced, and after Expo 67 they were given away in a contest. The only one known to have survived is on display through March 12 at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, as part of a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Continue reading